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Thursday Morning Fly By: The NHL is weird

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Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes…

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*So, as you may have noticed, the last two coaching hires made by NHL teams were coaches straight out of college. First, The Dallas Stars hired our old pal Jim Montgomery, and now the New York Rangers have added a new coach straight from Boston University. You know what this means, don’t you? The Hockey Men™ think that Dave Hakstol is good, and his hiring a success story. What a time. Anyhoo, enjoy NYC, David Quinn. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The Phantoms were on television last night, did you see? If you’d like to watch their remaining games, here’s how you can. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Speaking of, rookie defenseman Mark Friedman is having a pretty successful playoffs. [Flyers]

*At this point we can say that the Phantoms have had - by any metric, really - a successful season in Allentown. So why aren’t they selling out their building in the playoffs? [The Morning Call]

*The community draft board continues with the very fun-ly named Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [BSH]

*A lot of people think there’s no way Carter Hart is ready for the NHL. Carter Hart is not one of these people. [Philly Voice]

*And while we’re on the subject, the Flyers have some decisions to make when it comes to who will be in net next season. Let’s take a look at why doing nothing might be a good idea. [BSH]

*The NHL is finally doing something cool and progressive and deploying “smart puck” technology that will be able to track all kinds of stuff. [Sport Techie]

*And finally, an in-depth look at just how the Golden Knights built a winner from the league’s scraps. [ESPN]